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SFAC urges the Government to keep its promises.
Time is running out for Regulations on the standardised “plain” packaging for cigarettes to be put into law before the next General Election. The tobacco industry and a handful of MPs are hoping for delays. The Prime Minister and Health Secretary seem to be dithering about whether to ensure a vote or allow the Regulations to run out of time.
This ASH briefing gives the key steps the Government must take if the Regulations are to be voted on by this Parliament.
Time for standardised packaging
The clock ticks
children have started smoking since the publication of Sir Cyril Chantler’s evidence review on Wednesday 3rd April 2014.
The Smokefree Action Coalition wants the Government to respect public opinion and the overwhelming votes in Parliament in favour of standardised packaging. Please help us by asking your MP to support the policy and to demand that Parliament gets the chance before the next General Election to vote on the regulations needed to put it into practice.
Children and Families Act
The Children and Families Act 2014 is the primary legislation making it an offence for an adult to buy cigarettes for anyone under 18 (proxy purchasing) and giving the Government powers to introduce regulations:
requiring standardised packaging for tobacco products.
making it an offence to sell e-cigarettes to children under 18.
The regulations to prohibit smoking in cars when children are present were laid before Parliament on 17th December 2014 and will be subject to a final vote early in 2015. Assuming the regulations are approved, the law will take effect on 1 October 2015.
The Government has also launched a consultation on proposed regulations to prohibit the sale of nicotine products (including electronic cigarettes) to young people under the age of 18 and to prevent the purchasing of these products by adults on behalf of young people.
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